To begin a career as a credentialed Merchant Mariner, you need a Merchant Mariner Credential issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. These credentials require years of sea going experience, training and assessments or exams. Your military sea service, experience and training can meet some of these requirements.
The M2M Tool analyzes your entries and uploaded service records for creditable sea service, training and assessments that you completed during your military service and compares your results against the standard for an original or upgraded Merchant Mariner Credential. The Results section details which credentials you may be able to pursue based on your specific military experience:
The Tool then informs you which Coast Guard Credentials would be best to pursue based on your calculated sea service and provides additional information on the Coast Guard application and evaluation process.
Remember that your ability to obtain a CG Credential must still be evaluated at the -
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